ANCAP new car safety ratings

The latest ANCAP car crash testing reveals which new cars are the safest.
 
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01 .Introduction

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If you’re in the market for a new car, the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) provides essential information about the safety new cars provide in the event of a crash.

ANCAP aims to provide safety ratings for popular vehicle makes and models, so consumers can make informed decisions before they buy their next car.

Since its beginning in 1993, ANCAP has built its reputation to the point where it is now at the forefront of consumers’ minds (along with price) when they consider buying a new car. It has forced manufacturers to respond by creating safe vehicles that achieve the 5-star rating.

ANCAP is a not-for-profit organisation that raises funds from its members for testing. It is supported by the Australian and New Zealand automobile clubs, Australian Federal, State and Territory governments, the New Zealand Government, the Victorian Transport Accident Commission, NRMA Insurance, and the FIA Foundation (UK). The testing process is extremely expensive, which prevents them from testing all cars; however, they aim to cover the most popular vehicles in each segment of the market.

You might find ANCAP logos or rating labels used by manufacturers in their advertisements – especially when they’ve received a five-star rating. However, in Australia, there is no regulatory requirement for dealers to display or disclose this information to the consumer.

Here we’ve got the results from 2009 to mid-2014.

For more information on car safety and advice, see cars.

How ANCAP tests

ANCAP conducts a set of internationally recognised crash tests that are undertaken in independent test laboratories. Crash dummies are used in tests to observe any displacement during the crash and measure the forces placed on the occupants in a crash. The structural impact on the vehicle's occupant compartment is also assessed.

The following tests are conducted and a 1 to 5 star rating for each vehicle is given following: 

  • Frontal offset test simulates crashing into another car. The car is crashed at 64km/h into a fixed barrier with a crushable aluminium face. Only 40% of the car’s front on the driver’s side makes initial contact with the barrier. Crash test dummies are placed in the vehicle to indicate the likely injuries resulting from the crash. Each vehicle is awarded a score out of 16.
  • Side impact test simulates a similar situation to an intersection crash, where one car crashes into the driver’s side of another. A 950kg trolley with a crushable aluminium face is run into the driver’s side of the stationary test car at 50km/h. Each vehicle is awarded a score out of 16.
  • Pole test simulates a vehicle crashing into a fixed object at 29km/h with contact in the line of the head of the seated driver. The pole is quite narrow and causes major penetration into the side of the car. Curtain airbags are particularly effective in reducing the chance of serious head injury in this type of crash. Cars with a low risk of head injury obtain two points for this test.
  • Pedestrian test gives an estimation of head and leg injuries to pedestrians hit by a car travelling at 40km/h. These types of crashes represent about 15% of fatal crashes in Australia and New Zealand. This can be as high as 30% in some urban areas.
  • Whiplash test simulates a rear-end crash equivalent to a stationary vehicle being hit at 32km/h. The test assesses two parts – a geometric measurement of the head restraint, and a dynamic test using the vehicle seat mounted to a sled.
  • Safety features Three points are awarded for models with seatbelt reminders – a point for a driver reminder, a front passenger reminder and a reminder for all rear seat passengers. Vehicles are also awarded if Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) are fitted.

Video: ANCAP test footage

Car crash test footage courtesy of ANCAP (www.ancap.com.au)

In 2014, for a vehicle to achieve the maximum 5 star ANCAP safety rating, a vehicle must perform well in each of the physical tests:

  1. Frontal offset test: simulates hitting another car of the same mass travelling at the same speed – maximum 16 points. Minimum of 12.5 points required in this test to be eligible for a 5 star ANCAP safety rating.
  2. Side impact test: simulates two cars colliding at 90 degrees – maximum 16 points. Minimum of 12.5 points required in this test to be eligible for a 5 star ANCAP safety rating.
  3. Pole test: simulates a car colliding sideways with a fixed object such as a tree or a pole – maximum 2 points (only available where vehicles are fitted with head protecting side airbags). Minimum of 1 point required in this test to be eligible for a 5 star ANCAP safety rating.
  4. Pedestrian test: simulates a collision between a car and a pedestrian. Minimum score of 'Acceptable' required in this test to be eligible for a 5 star ANCAP safety rating.
  5. Whiplash test: assesses the performance of the seat and head restraint in protecting the occupant from neck and spinal injury through dynamic performance and geometric measurements. Minimum score of 'Acceptable' required in this test to be eligible for a 5 star ANCAP safety rating.

To achive the 5 star rating the vehicle must also have:

  • electronic stability control (ESC)
  • 3-point seat belts for all forward facing seats
  • head-protecting technology (side airbags) for front seat
  • seat belt reminders for front seat
  • emergency brake assist (EBA)
  • 4 x additional SAT, such as autonomous emergency braking (AEB), adaptive cruise control (ACC), and blind spot monitoring (BSM).

ANCAP recommends vehicles which have been awarded the maximum 5 star ANCAP safety rating.

You can search the ANCAP safety ratings (with the ability to sort by ANCAP safety rating, vehicle type or make/model).

Future requirements

In order to pursue continuous improvement in the safety of new cars sold in Australia and New Zealand, in 2011 ANCAP introduced changes to its safety rating process which progressively raises the bar for safety ratings year on year. These increasing requirements see new physical crash tests and performance testing included as part of the rating process including increasing requirements for advanced Safety Assist Technologies (SAT) which help prevent a collision.

 
 

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NOTE: It is not appropriate to compare ANCAP safety ratings across vehicle categories, particularly if there is a large weight difference. The reason is that in car-to-car crashes, the heavier vehicle has a theoretical advantage (due to the physics of the crash). Similarly, a higher ride height might be an advantage in a car-to-car crash. However in single vehicle crashes, such as with solid fixed objects, the weight might no longer be an advantage. Also some small cars do remarkably well in crashes with larger vehicles as they have very strong passenger compartments and advanced occupant restraint systems and these features can make up for the mass disadvantage.

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CategoryANCAP star ratingAirbagsElectronic Stability Control (ESC)Frontal offset test (out of 16)Side impact test (out of 16)Pole test (out of 2)Whiplash protectionPedestrian protectionSafety features/Seat belt reminders (out of 3)Year ratedBrand
             
Outback Aug 2009 onwardsCompact 4WD5Front, side, head and kneeStandard13.816Subaru
X1 2010 onwardsCompact SUV5Front, side and headStandard14.0216BMW
Trax 2013 onwardsCompact SUV5Front, side and headStandard15.1816Holden
CX-5 2012 onwardsCompact SUV5Front, side and headStandard14.116Mazda
ASX 2010 onwardsCompact SUV5Front, side, head and kneeStandard14.1316Mitsubishi
Qashqai July 2014 onwardsCompact SUV5Front, side and headStandard15.5616Nissan
2008 2013 onwardsCompact SUV5Front, side and headStandard14.2215.81Peugeot
Yeti 2011 onwardsCompact SUV5Front, side, head and kneeStandard14.6716Skoda
Forester 2013 onwardsCompact SUV5Front, side, head and kneeStandard14.6416Subaru
J11 2011 onwardsCompact SUV2Dual FrontNone216Chery
Santa Fe (MY2010) Oct 2009 onwardsLarge 4WD5Front, side and headStandard13.3416Hyundai
A6 Jul 2011 onwardsLarge car5Front, side and headStandard14.9115Audi
5-Series 2010 onwardsLarge car5Front, side and headStandard15.5316BMW
Falcon FG MKII 2012 onwardsLarge car5Front, side and headStandard14.6116Ford
Mondeo 2007 onwardsLarge car5Front, side, head and kneeStandard15.3215.81Ford
Caprice mid 2013 onwardsLarge car5Front, side and headStandard14.0616Holden
Commodore VF mid 2013 onwardsLarge car5Front, side and headStandard14.0616Holden
Commodore Omega Oct 2008 onwardsLarge car5Front, side and headStandard13.4516Holden
Commodore Sportwagon Omega Oct 2008 onwardsLarge car5Front, side and headStandard13.4516Holden
Commodore (All) Sept 2009 onwardsLarge car5Front, side and headStandard13.4516Holden
Q50 2014 onwardsLarge car5Front, side and headStandard14.7616Infiniti
C class July 2014 onwardsLarge car5Front, side, head and kneeStandard15.4616Mercedes Benz
C-Class Coupe 2011 onwardsLarge car5Front, side, head and kneeStandard14.5116Mercedes-Benz
Insignia 2012 onwardsLarge car5Front, side and headStandard15.1616Opel
Kizashi 2010 onwardsLarge car5Front, side and headStandard14.8316Suzuki
Aurion 2012 onwardsLarge car5Front, side, head and kneeStandard15.5916Toyota
Camry Hybrid May 2011 onwardsLarge car5Front, side and headStandard14.3714.85Toyota
Camry May 2011 onwardsLarge car5Front, side and headStandard14.2914.84Toyota
Aurion Aug 2009 onwardsLarge car5Front, side and headStandard13.5915.44Toyota
S60 (D3 5cyl FWD) 2011 onwardsLarge car5Front, side and headStandard15.3416Volvo
V60 2011 onwardsLarge car5Front, side and headStandard15.3416Volvo
XF 2010 onwardsLarge car4Front, side and headStandard12.3816Jaguar
Camry Hybrid 2010 onwardsLarge car4Front, side and headStandard12.3714.85Toyota
SZ Territory May 2011 onwardsLarge SUV5Front, side and headStandard12.5716Ford
Territory 2010 onwardsLarge SUV5Front, side and headStandard12.5716Ford
Colorado 7 2012 onwardsLarge SUV5Front and headStandard15.0916Holden
Captiva Series 2 (diesel) 2011 onwardsLarge SUV5Front, side and headStandard14.3216Holden
Santa Fe (4cyl AWD) 2012 onwardsLarge SUV5Front, side, head and kneeStandard15.6316Hyundai
FX37 2012 onwardsLarge SUV5Front, side and headStandard12.516Infiniti
MU-X 2013 onwardsLarge SUV5Front, side and headStandard13.5816Isuzu
Cherokee 2014 onwardsLarge SUV5Front, side, head and kneeStandard15.1616Jeep
Sorento (2.2L diesel AWD) 2013 onwardsLarge SUV5Front, side and headStandard13.2515.96Kia
Sorento 2010 onwardsLarge SUV5Front, side and headStandard13.2515.96Kia
Range Rover 2013 onwardsLarge SUV5Front, side and headStandard15.1916Land Rover
M-Class Jul 2011 onwardsLarge SUV5Front, side, head and kneeStandard15.3416Mercedes-Benz
Pajero Apr 2013 onwardsLarge SUV5Front, side and headStandard13.4116Mitsubishi
Pathfinder 2013 onwardsLarge SUV5Front, side, and headStandard14.7316Nissan
Prado August 2013 onwardsLarge SUV5Front, side, head and kneeStandard15.1116Toyota
Kluger 2014 onwardsLarge SUV5Front, side, head and kneeStandard14.9716Toyota
Landcruiser 2013 onwardsLarge SUV5Front, side, head and kneeStandard13.0916Toyota
Landcruiser VX/Sahara 2007 to 2012Large SUV5Front, side, head and kneeStandard13.0916Toyota
Prado Dec 2009 onwardsLarge SUV5Front, side, head and kneeStandard15.1116Toyota
Freemont (2L diesel LHD) 2013 onwardsLarge SUV4Front, side and headStandard12.1516Fiat
X240 2009 onwardsLarge SUV4Dual FrontNone9.4816Great Wall Motors
Grand Cherokee 2011 onwardsLarge SUV4Front, side, head and kneeStandard9.9516Jeep
Pajero 2006 onwardsLarge SUV4Front, side and headStandard11.4116Mitsubishi
Challenger 2009 onwardsLarge SUV4Front, side and headStandard9.0816Mitsubishi
Evoque (5 dr) 2011 onwardsLarge SUV4Front, side, head and kneeStandard12.3916Range Rover
Landcruiser GX/GXL 2007 to 2012Large SUV4Front, side and headStandard11.0916Toyota
Fiesta 2009 onwardsLight car5Front, side, head and kneeStandard14.915.55Ford
Fiesta Econetic 2009 onwardsLight car5Front, side, head and kneeStandard14.915.55Ford
Fiesta 2009 onwardsLight car4Dual FrontOptional12.913.72Ford
Jazz Sept 2008 onwardsLight car4Front, side and headNone14.4215.68Honda
Jazz Sept 2008 onwardsLight car4Dual FrontNone14.4213.56Honda
Alto 2009 onwardsLight car4Front and sideOptional10.3614.19Suzuki
Micra 2007 onwardsLight car3Dual FrontNone9.2612.92Nissan
Statesman Sept 2009 onwardsLuxury car5Front, side and headStandard13.4516Holden
E-Class Jul 2009 onwardsLuxury car5Front, side, head and kneeStandard13.8816Mercedes-Benz
Q5 2009 onwardsMedium 4WD5Front, side and headStandard15.2116Audi
XC60 2009 onwardsMedium 4WD5Front, side and headStandard15.5316Volvo
Giulietta 2011 onwardsMedium car5Front, side and headStandard15.4416Alfa Romeo
320d 2012 onwardsMedium car5Front, side and headStandard15.7616BMW
DS5 2012 onwardsMedium car5Front, side and headStandard14.6616Citroen
Focus 2011 onwardsMedium car5Front, side and headStandard15.0415.13Ford
Focus Aug 2011 onwardsMedium car5Front, side and headStandard15.0415.13Ford
Malibu 2013 onwardsMedium car5Front, side and headStandard15.4716Holden
Volt 2012 onwardsMedium car5Front, side, head and kneeStandard13.5616Holden
Accord Euro 2008 onwardsMedium car5Front, side and headStandard14.4815.41Honda
i40 2011 onwardsMedium car5Front, side, head and kneeStandard14.1816Hyundai
i45 Sept 2010 onwardsMedium car5Front, side and headStandard14.5714.96Hyundai
Optima 2011 onwardsMedium car5Front, side and headStandard14.5816Kia
CT200h 2011 onwardsMedium car5Front, side, head and kneeStandard15.1316Lexus
6 2008 onwardsMedium car5Front, side and headStandard13.2515.48Mazda
B-Class 2012 onwardsMedium car5Front, side, head and kneeStandard15.7816Mercedes-Benz
Leaf 2011 onwardsMedium car5Front, side and headStandard13.6216Nissan
Astra 2012 onwardsMedium car5Front, side and headStandard15.0615.96Opel
Astra GTC 2012 onwardsMedium car5Front, side and headStandard15.0714.29Opel
508 2011 onwardsMedium car5Front, side and headStandard14.6415.46Peugeot
Preve 2013 onwardsMedium car5Front, side and headStandard14.5315.72Proton
Megane (DCi Expression) 2011 onwardsMedium car5Front, side and headStandard15.8316Renault
Superb 2009 onwardsMedium car5Front, side, head and kneeStandard14.7516Skoda
Liberty Aug 2009 onwardsMedium car5Front, side, head and kneeStandard13.816Subaru
Liberty Exiga 2009 onwardsMedium car5Front, side and headStandard13.3116Subaru
Camry 2011 onwardsMedium car5Front, side, head and kneeStandard15.2716Toyota
Camry (Hybrid) 2012 onwardsMedium car5Front, side, head and kneeStandard15.2716Toyota
Rukus 2010 onwardsMedium car5Front, side and headStandard12.6116Toyota
V40 2013 onwardsMedium car5Front, side, head and kneeStandard15.6716Volvo
Passat 2006 onwardsMedium car5Front, side and headStandard13.9916VW
Passat CC 2009 onwardsMedium car5Front, side and headStandard13.9916VW
Mondeo (NZ) 2003 to 2006Medium car4Front, side and headOptional10.3715.75Ford
Accord June 2013 onwardsMedium car4Front, side and headStandard11.2116Honda
2012 onwardsMedium car4Front, side and headStandard10.2213.51MG6
Octavia 2007 onwardsMedium car4Front and sideStandard10.7316Skoda
Q3 2012 onwardsMedium SUV5Front, side and headStandard15.1516Audi
X3 2011 onwardsMedium SUV5Front, side and headStandard14.5816BMW
Kuga (2.0L diesel) 2013 onwardsMedium SUV5Front, side, head and kneeStandard15.3316Ford
Kuga 2011 onwardsMedium SUV5Front, side and headStandard12.6916Ford
CR-V 2012 onwardsMedium SUV5Front, side and headStandard14.9116Honda
ix35 Aug 2010 onwardsMedium SUV5Front, side and headStandard15.1516Hyundai
Sportage Oct 2010 onwardsMedium SUV5Front, side and headStandard15.116Kia
Outlander 2012 onwardsMedium SUV5Front, side, head and kneeStandard15.5816Mitsubishi
Rav4 2013 onwardsMedium SUV5Front, side, head and kneeStandard13.5616Toyota
Compass (4x4) 2012 onwardsMedium SUV4Front, side and headStandard11.2116Jeep
Wrangler (Sport 2 door) 2012 onwardsMedium SUV4Dual FrontStandard10.5116Jeep
XUV500 2012 onwardsMedium SUV4Front, side and headStandard1016Mahindra
Viano 2006 onwardsMulti-purpose vehicles5Front, side and headStandard12.7915.87Mercedes-Benz
iMax March 2009 onwardsMulti-purpose vehicles4Dual FrontStandard9.8116Hyundai
Viano 2005Multi-purpose vehicles4Dual FrontStandard12.7915.87Mercedes-Benz
C4 Grand PicassoPeople mover5Front, side and headStandard13.5316Citroen
Odyssey 2014 onwardsPeople mover5Front, side, and headStandard12.7516Honda
Valente (4cyl) 2012 onwardsPeople mover5Front, side and headStandard12.7915.87Mercedes-Benz
Viano (4cyl) 2009 onwardsPeople mover5Front, side and headStandard12.7915.87Mercedes-Benz
5008 2013 onwardsPeople mover5Front, side and headStandard15.4116Peugeot
Tarago Oct 2010 onwardsPeople mover5Front, side, head and kneeStandard14.4516Toyota
Stavic 2013 onwardsPeople mover4Front. Side, chestStandard9.0615.49Ssangyong
Mito 2009 onwardsSmall car5Front, side, head and kneeStandard15.3215.78Alfa Romeo
A3 May 2013 onwardsSmall car5Front, side, head and kneeStandard15.4116Audi
A1 (petrol) 2010 onwardsSmall car5Front, side and headStandard14.913.85Audi
A1 2010 onwardsSmall car5Front, side and headStandard14.913.85Audi
1-Series 2011 onwardsSmall car5Front, side and headStandard15.4515.88BMW
DS4 (petrol) 2012 onwardsSmall car5Front, side and headStandard14.6816Citroen
DS3 2010 onwardsSmall car5Front, side and headStandard15.1416Citroen
C4 Sept 2011 onwardsSmall car5Front, side and headStandard15.2515.64Citroen
C3 2010 onwardsSmall car5Front, side and headStandard14.3816Citroen
Bravo/Ritmo 2008 onwardsSmall car5Front, side and headStandard12.7715.73Fiat
Fiesta 2013 onwardsSmall car5Front, side, head and kneeStandard14.915.55Ford
Fiesta 2010 onwardsSmall car5Front, side, head and kneeStandard14.915.55Ford
Focus 2009 onwardsSmall car5Front, side and headStandard15.6615.8Ford
Fiesta 3 Door 2009 onwardsSmall car5Front, side, head and kneeStandard14.915.55Ford
Barina Sept 2011 onwardsSmall car5Front, side and headStandard15.4316Holden
Cruze 2011 onwardsSmall car5Front, side and headStandard15.0416Holden
Cruze 2009 onwardsSmall car5Front, side and headStandard15.0416Holden
Civic (hatch) 2012 onwardsSmall car5Front, side and headStandard15.0316Honda
Civic (sedan) 2012 onwardsSmall car5Front, side and headStandard13.9116Honda
Jazz Apr 2011 onwardsSmall car5Front, side and headStandard14.4215.68Honda
Insight 2010 onwardsSmall car5Front, side and headStandard15.5415.85Honda
City Oct 2010 onwardsSmall car5Front, side and headStandard14.4715.02Honda
Jazz Oct 2010 onwardsSmall car5Front, side and headStandard14.4215.68Honda
i30 2012 onwardsSmall car5Front, side, head and kneeStandard15.3515.34Hyundai
Veloster 2012 onwardsSmall car5Front, side and headStandard15.4716Hyundai
Accent mid 2011 onwardsSmall car5Front, side and headStandard14.6616Hyundai
Elantra 2011 onwardsSmall car5Front, side and headStandard14.2413.97Hyundai
i20 2010 onwardsSmall car5Front, side and headStandard13.0716Hyundai
i30cw 2009 onwardsSmall car5Front, side and headStandard12.9715.57Hyundai
i30 Oct 2009 onwardsSmall car5Front, side and headStandard12.9715.57Hyundai
Pro_cee'd 2014 onwardsSmall car5Front, side, and headStandard15.1916Kia
Cerato Koup Oct 2013 onwardsSmall car5Front, side and headStandard14.5116Kia
Cerato June 2013 onwardsSmall car5Front, side and headStandard14.5116Kia
Rio 2011 onwardsSmall car5Front, side and headStandard14.9915Kia
Picanto (NZ) 2011 onwardsSmall car5Front, side and headStandard15.1214.14Kia
Rio Aug 2011 onwardsSmall car5Front, side and headStandard14.9915Kia
Soul June 2010 onwardsSmall car5Front, side and headStandard13.1115Kia
Soul (NZ) 2009 onwardsSmall car5Front, side and headStandard13.1115Kia
3 2014 onwardsSmall car5Front, side and headStandard15.416Mazda
2 2008 onwardsSmall car5Front, side and headStandard15.5514.78Mazda
3 Mid-2009 onwardsSmall car5Front, side and headStandard15.3315Mazda
A-Class 2013 onwardsSmall car5Front, side, head and kneeStandard14.816Mercedes-Benz
2007 onwardsSmall car5Front, side and headStandard13.0214.49Mini
Mirage 2013 onwardsSmall car5Front, side, and headStandard14.0716Mitsubishi
Mirage 2013 onwardsSmall car5Front, side and headStandard14.0716Mitsubishi
Pulsar 2013 onwardsSmall car5Front, side and headStandard12.9315.74Nissan
Juke (NZ) 2012 onwardsSmall car5Front, side and headStandard13.6915.34Nissan
Corsa 2012 onwardsSmall car5Front, side and headStandard14.7216Opel
208 2012 onwardsSmall car5Front, side and headStandard14.2215.81Peugeot
308 XS 2008 onwardsSmall car5Front, side and headStandard14.0516Peugeot
3008 2010 onwardsSmall car5Front, side and headStandard14.0716Peugeot
Rapid 2014 onwardsSmall car5Front, side and headStandard15.3716Skoda
Impreza 2012 onwardsSmall car5Front, side, head and kneeStandard14.3316Subaru
XV 2012 onwardsSmall car5Front, side, head and kneeStandard14.3316Subaru
Swift 2011 onwardsSmall car5Front, side, head and kneeStandard15.6815.8Suzuki
Swift 2011 onwardsSmall car5Front, side, head and kneeStandard15.6815.88Suzuki
Corolla Sedan 2014 onwardsSmall car5Front, side, head and kneeStandard14.8816Toyota
Corolla (hatch) 2012 onwardsSmall car5Front, side, head and kneeStandard15.2515Toyota
Corolla Hatch Oct 2010 onwardsSmall car5Front, side, head and kneeStandard14.9616Toyota
Yaris Hatch Dec 2011 onwardsSmall car5Front, side, head and kneeStandard15.4116Toyota
Corolla Sedan Oct 2010 onwardsSmall car5Front, side, head and kneeStandard14.6316Toyota
Prius 3 2009 onwardsSmall car5Front, side, head and kneeStandard15.2416Toyota
Beetle 2013 onwardsSmall car5Front, side and headStandard14.2816Volkswagen
Golf Apr 2013 onwardsSmall car5Front, side, head and kneeStandard15.9216Volkswagen
Up! 2012 onwardsSmall car5Front, side and headStandard14.214.17Volkswagen
Jetta 2011 onwardsSmall car5Front, side and headStandard15.216VW
Polo 2010 onwardsSmall car5Front, side and headStandard14.9815.98VW
Golf 2009 onwardsSmall car5Front, side, head and kneeStandard15.7315.99VW
Barina Spark 2010 onwardsSmall car4Front, side and headStandard11.0216Holden
City 2009 onwardsSmall car4Front, side and headNone14.4715.02Honda
i20 2010 onwardsSmall car4Dual FrontStandard13.0712.26Hyundai
Soul (Australia) 2009 onwardsSmall car4Front, side and headOptional13.1115Kia
Cerato 2009 onwardsSmall car4Front, side and headOptional9.6316Kia
2 2008 onwardsSmall car4Dual FrontStandard15.5513.3Mazda
Countryman 2011 onwardsSmall car4Front, side and headStandard11.8916Mini
iMIEV 2011 onwardsSmall car4Front, side and headStandard10.9514.4Mitsubishi
Micra Jul 2011 onwardsSmall car4Front, side and headStandard12.7915.32Nissan
Fabia (NZ) 2008 onwardsSmall car4Front, side and headOptional12.8415Skoda
Splash (NZ) 2011 onwardsSmall car4Front, side and headStandard from May 201213.115.5Suzuki
J1 2011 onwardsSmall car3Dual FrontNone5.2311.73Chery
MK 2011 onwardsSmall car3Dual FrontNone8.4612.1Geely
S16 Sept 2010 onwardsSmall car3Dual FrontNone9.2910.67Proton
CRZ 2011 onwardsSports car5Front, side and headStandard14.5616Honda
308CC 2009 onwardsSports car5Front, side and headStandard14.8716Peugeot
BRZ 2012 onwardsSports car5Front, side, head and kneeStandard14.9715.43Subaru
86 2012 onwardsSports car5Front, side, head and kneeStandard14.9715.43Toyota
Golf Cabriolet 2011 onwardsSports car5Front, side and headStandard15.1616VW
Falcon Ute 2008 onwardsUtilities5Front, side and headStandard14.6215.96Ford
Commodore Ute MY10 Sept 2009 onwardsUtilities5Front, side and headStandard13.5715.59Holden
Commodore Ute Oct 2008 to Aug 2009Utilities4Dual FrontStandard13.5714.84Holden
Triton (All) 2006 onwardsUtilities4Dual FrontOptional9.0816Mitsubishi
D-Max 4x2 2008 onwardsUtilities3Dual FrontNone7.5116Isuzu
D-Max 4x4 2008 onwardsUtilities3Dual FrontNone5.416Isuzu
Patrol Cab/Chassis 2008 onwardsUtilities3Dual FrontNone5.616Nissan
Navara D22 4x2 2008 onwardsUtilities3Dual FrontNone5.5716Nissan
Actyon Sports Ute 2008 onwardsUtilities3Dual FrontNone7.0116Ssangyong
Landcruiser 70 Series 2007 onwardsUtilities3Dual FrontNone6.8816Toyota
V240 2009 onwardsUtilities2Dual FrontNone2.3616Great Wall Motors
SA220 2009 onwardsUtilities2NoneNone2.3216Great Wall Motors
Jumbuck 2003 onwardsUtilities1NoneNone17.39Proton
Ranger May 2014 onwardsUtility/Van5Front, side and headStandard15.7216Ford
Ranger Nov 2011 onwardsUtility/Van5Front, side and headStandard15.7216Ford
Falcon FG MKII Nov 2011 onwardsUtility/Van5Front, side and headStandard14.6215.96Ford
Commodore VF Ute mid 2013 onwardsUtility/Van5Front, side and headStandard14.0616Holden
Colorado (Crew Cab) 2012 onwardsUtility/Van5Front and headStandard15.0916Holden
D-Max 4x4 Crew Cab nov 2013 onwardsUtility/Van5Front, side and headStandard13.5816Isuzu
BT-50 Nov 2011 onwardsUtility/Van5Front, side and headStandard15.7216Mazda
Vito (4cyl) 2009 onwardsUtility/Van5Front, side and headStandard12.7915.87Mercedes-Benz
Amarok (AWD) 2011 onwardsUtility/Van5Front, side and headStandard13.9916VW
Berlingo 2008 onwardsUtility/Van4Dual FrontOptional11.5514.65Citroen
Ranger Nov 2011 onwardsUtility/Van4Dual FrontStandard15.7216Ford
Colorado (Single/Space Cab) 2012 onwardsUtility/Van4Front and headStandard10.216Holden
D-Max (4x4 Crew Cab) 2012 onwardsUtility/Van4Front, side and headStandard10.4816Isuzu
Navara (D40 4x4 Dual Cab 4cyl diesel) 2012 onwardsUtility/Van4Dual FrontStandard10.516Nissan
Kangoo 2011 onwardsUtility/Van4Dual FrontOptional12.7314Renault
HiAce Sept 2011 onwardsUtility/Van4Dual FrontNone9.516Toyota
HiAce (NZ) Oct 2011 onwardsUtility/Van4DriverNone8.516Toyota
Amarok (AWD) 2011 onwardsUtility/Van4Dual FrontStandard13.9916VW
Tunland (Dual Cab 4x4 P201) 2012 onwardsUtility/Van3Dual FrontNone816Foton
Pik-Up (4x4 Dual Cab) 2012 onwardsUtility/Van3Dual FrontNone6.616Mahindra
Pik-Up 2010 onwardsUtility/Van2Dual FrontNone2.3916Mahindra
Xenon without ESC 2013 onwardsUtility/Van2Dual frontNone11.2716Tata
Vito 2009 onwardsVans5Front, side and headStandard12.7915.87Mercedes-Benz
iLoad March 2009 onwardsVans4Dual FrontOptional9.8116Hyundai
Vito 2004 onwardsVans4Dual FrontStandard12.7915.87Mercedes-Benz
Transit Van (SWB) 2006 onwardsVans3DriverOptional6.5316Ford
APV 2007 onwardsVans3Dual FrontNone7.5416Suzuki
Urvan (NZ) 2001 onwardsVans1Dual FrontNone1.3216Nissan
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Note: ANCAP recommends five star rated vehicles.
Not all cars are made equal so it’s important to consider the safety features available when you’re looking for your next car. Some features will help you to avoid a crash while others will help to protect you in the event of one.

Crash avoidance features

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) detects car instability, oversteering and understeering, and puts the vehicle back on course by braking individual wheels and reducing engine torque. Since ANCAP made ESC a mandatory requirement in 2008 for vehicles to achieve the five-star rating, many manufacturers have since installed this feature as standard to receive the highest safety score. ESC can also be referred to as Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Active Stability Control (ASC) or Vehicle Stability Control (VSC).
  • Anti-lock Braking Systems (ABS) prevents the wheels from locking up as brake pressure is applied suddenly – often in an emergency or short stopping distance situation. It allows the driver to steer and gain control of the car without skidding or spinning out of control. ABS works together with ESC to provide greater control of the vehicle and helps to reduce the chance of crashing.
  • Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) helps to balance braking forces between the front and rear wheels. It varies the amount of force which is applied to individual brakes, taking into account road conditions, speed, load, and other factors.
  • Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) systems detect that brakes have been applied in an emergency, and assist the driver by providing extra force to the brakes improving braking performance.
  • Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) systems use ESC and sensor technology to detect the speed and distance of objects in the vehicle’s path and automatically brake if the driver does not respond in order to avoid or minimise the severity of an accident.
  • Traction control prevents wheel spin and maintains vehicle stability during acceleration, when too much power is applied. It is particularly useful during wet driving conditions, when the road is slippery or when rapid acceleration is required.
  • Intelligent Speed Assist (ISA) gives drivers an audio and/or visual alert when they exceed the speed limit by a set speed, e.g. 2km/hr or more.

Crash protection features

  • Seat belt pre-tensioners tighten up any slack in the belt webbing in the event of a crash. This helps to hold the occupant secure and move them into the optimum crash position.
  • Active head restraints are situated on the head rest of the seat and during a rear-end crash move forward and up to automatically decrease the space between the restraint and the occupants head. This reduces the degree to which the head accelerates before making contact with the restraint.
  • Seat belt reminders are visual and/or audible warning devices used to alert vehicle occupants that a seat belt is not being worn.
  • Three-point seat belts are one single continuous length of webbing that spreads the impact forces more evenly across the passenger’s torso and helps to keep the upper body in place in the event of a collision.
  • Airbags are large nylon bags that inflate and deflate rapidly in the event of a severe frontal or side crash. Sensors are fitted at different points of the car and detect when a crash occurs. When the sensors all agree that the airbags should be deployed the system triggers an inflator and ignite unit. The airbags inflate, splitting open the covers on the steering wheel or dash board, causing them to balloon in front of the occupant. As the occupants head strikes the airbag, it starts deflating. Vehicles can come with front, side, head and knee airbags.
  • Structural integrity In a crash with a vehicle with sound structural integrity most of the energy will be absorbed and dissipated and the passenger compartment will keep its shape. This is also referred to as crumple zones. Areas that are more likely to injure occupants - like the steering column, dash, roof pillars, pedals, and floor panels - won’t move excessively. The doors will also remain closed during the crash and will be able to be opened afterwards.
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